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Brother/accused killer of Mariners outfielder Greg Halman set free

Aug 16, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

Greg Halman

Last November, you’ll recall, Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death in his Rotterdam apartment. Arrested for the stabbing and charged with manslaughter was Halman’s brother, Jason Halman.  There were no other suspects. Dutch authorities, however, have released Jason Halman:

A Dutch court has ordered the brother of slain former Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman provisionally released after prosecutors joined the defense in asking for his acquittal on manslaughter charges.

The basis: psychiatrists said he was having a psychotic episode at the time of the killing.  The court will rule on August 30 if the acquittal will go forward.  For now Jason Halman is free and, in all likelihood, he will remain free.  Though no matter what comes of this, it is in no way a happy ending for anyone.



  1. ningenito78 - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Wait, what? He killed his freaking brother during a ‘psychotic episode’ so they set him free into the public and the prosecutor wants an acquittal? How is that real life?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      Well, it’s the Netherlands. They don’t have the same legal system we do. And there are too few details here to know what the whole story is.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        Dead on Craig.
        They also have a completely different health care system than we do (at the moment anyway) .
        As you state…we don’t know the details.
        We can only hope he was released into custoday at a Mental Hospital.

      • cktai - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        Although you are right about the legal system – civil law rather than common law, and no jury trial as one of the only countries in Western Europe – that is not the issue here.

        There are two important factors to take into consideration with this case. The first is that during the trial, Greg and Jason’s mother took the stand and explained that according to here, there are only victims in the case. She felt that the family does not need to forgive Jason as they do not accuse him of any wrong doing. The forensic psychologists who have evaluated Jason have determined he had a psychosis, which was partially drug-induced, partially due to his state of mind at the time.

        Prosecutors have had a long internal discussion about the case. An important factor in the case was that the family did not outcast Jason, but rather embraced him during this difficult time. The chances of recidivism are judged as extremely small by the psychologists who evaluated him. According to the family, Jason was in a very bad state of mind during the period before his psychosis, and because this had never happened before to him, neither he not his family realised the extend of these problems. Now that they are aware of the dangers, they can seek help before it gets out of hand again.

        Family and friends of both Jason and Greg were euphoric when the judge said that Jason was free to go home while awaiting the final verdict. Jason himself reacted rather timid. Their dad said that he was happy for Jason, but that he is still very proud of what Greg has achieved and will try to keep honoring his name.

      • cktai - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        psychiatrists* not psychologists.

      • cktai - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        That was a concise transcription from what a reporter who was present at the trial told the Dutch radio btw.

  2. phillyphever - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Oh how I love the justice system of this country.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      It’s another country. This is taking place in the Netherlands.

      • phillyphever - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        Oops, my bad. Still, not exactly the news Halman’s family wanted to hear.

      • Alex K - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        Who knows what they wanted to hear…the guy getting released is family, as well.

    • presidentialpeter - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      I hope you realize this is in the Netherlands, not the U.S.

  3. Ducky Medwick - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    There are only two things i can’t stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other cultures, and the Dutch.

  4. drewsylvania - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Free to have another violent psychotic episode? I hope they did a thorough examination before release and found his recidivism rate to be extremely low. Otherwise, how many people have to die?

  5. ningenito78 - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    I understand it’s the Netherlands but the word ‘acquittal’ insinuates they are going to set him free not into a mental institution. I realize it’s a different justice system then our own but this seems like there’s no justice here. He stabbed his brother to death. And he got away with ‘sorry judge. You know, sh-t happens’.

  6. Jonny 5 - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    In a country that can imprison you for up to a year for using racially offensive language no less.

  7. backstop5 - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    He is already free, released today.
    He was evaluated by psychiatrists while awaiting trial, and they determined he had a longlasting psychosis probably brought on by drug-abuse. Basically, he was found to be temporarily insane when he killed his brother. The prosecutor agreed with this evaluation and asked for the release.

    There are no restrictions on his release. He said he will seek psychiatric help voluntarily and will be monitored by a parole board.
    This is not a normal outcome for insanity cases over here, normally there would be years of mandatory psychiatric help in a closed facility. The very special and tragic circumstances in this case led to this special outcome.

    His family and friends (also family and friends of Greg of course) were relieved by the outcome. No winners in this tragic case, even though it seems like he got of easy.

    • natslady - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Thank you very much for posting this information. Very sad for all, I am glad not to be the judge or prosecutor in this case.

  8. IdahoMariner - Aug 16, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    i imagine it is exactly the news the family wanted to hear. He is also their son. the family was working very hard to help him before this happened, and was of couurse devastated to lose Greg and have it be at the hands of their other son.

    Notably, the prosecutors are joining in this. Prosecutors don’t usually do that, and when we do we usually consult the victim’s family to explain it, and get them on board with it if possible. Given that both the victim and the defendant are members of that family, this was probably pretty easy. Also, when prosecutors join with the defense on something like this, it is because something is set up — like entry into a long-term treatment program, with long-term monitoring.

  9. muttbolts - Aug 16, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Bath salts?

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